101 things to do in New York City in the winter 2010
Wed Nov 24 2010
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81. Go on a ski trip
Every Saturday and Sunday, the Blades (212-787-3911, bladesnyc.com) bus leaves from West Village and UWS locations for Hunter Mountain. But there's more than just one weekend ski option: Emilio's Ski & Snowboard trips (emiliosskishop.com) go to destinations including Gore, Okemo and Stratton from locations in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. An Adirondack Trailways bus to Belleayre Mountain (belleayre.com) leaves from Port Authority Friday through Monday. NYCSki&Board (urbansherpatravel.com) runs day and overnight trips to Hunter, Jay Peak, Killington and a couple others. Each trip provider's prices vary, so check websites for details. Don't forget a Nordic sweater and all the words to "American Pie;" you'll need both aprs-ski.
82. See the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Two days, 2,500 dogs and lots of anxious owners are all marks of this annual parade of pups. Prepare yourself by going "awww" at our slide show of last year's canine contenders, watching Best in Show and refusing to fraternize with cats. [node:119900 link=Madison Square Garden;], Seventh Ave at 32nd St (212-307-7171, westminsterkennelclub.org). Feb 14--15 8am--6pm; $37.50--$145.
83. Go out to watch TV
Do you think of yourself as an appreciator of the televised arts rather than a channel-surfer? [node:120261 link=The Paley Center for Media;] (25 W 52nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-621-6600, paleycenter.org) has your number with an archive of more than 100,000 radio and TV programs. Just head to the fourth-floor library and search the database for your favorite episode of I Love Lucy, Seinfeld or Desperate Housewives, then tune in at your assigned console. At the Donnell Media Center Collection ([node:120151 link=New York Public Library for the Performing Arts;], 40 Lincoln Center Plaza at 66th St; 212-870-1741, nypl.org), you can feast your eyes on some 8,000 rare 16mm gems, such as the only known print of Wonderful Construction, a now-eerie 1973 documentary about the building of the World Trade Center. And of course, with a New York Public Library card, you can see all the flicks here—everything from the silent to modern eras—for free.
84. Celebrate Kwanzaa
At the [node:118395 link=American Museum of Natural History;]'s Kwanzaa 2010! shindig (Millstein Hall of Ocean Life Central Park West at 79th St; 212-769-5100, amnh.org; Dec 26 noon--5pm; free with museum admission) visitors can watch dance performances by the Kotchegna Dance Company, peruse a Kwanzaa marketplace and enjoy traditional foods. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (1 Center St at the waterfront, Newark, NJ; 888-466-5722, njpac.org; Dec 17--19, see website for times) also hosts a Kwanzaa Marketplace where, in addition to a variety of booths, there will be dance classes, drumming and a handful of events for kids.
[node:609933 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]85. Buy roasted chestnuts from a street vendor
This holiday classic—sweet, mealy nuggets served warm in a brown paper bag—has become an endangered snack species in New York City, but intrepid noshers will be richly rewarded. Your best bet: Stake out the street vendors on Fifth Avenue between 51st and 53rd Streets.
86. Learn to knit
This year, skip Urban Outfitters and knit yourself a set of winter accessories. Craft stores throughout the city stock a rainbow of different types of yarn, classes and words of encouragement: Lion Brand Yarn Studio, Brooklyn General Store, Knitting 321 and Knitty City offer lessons and every possible knitting accoutrement. Yearn to hold your own Stitch 'n' Bitch? Many shops offer private lessons.
87. Go bowling
Feel as if you've traveled back to early-1980s Milwaukee at laid-back Williamsburg alley [node:122161 link=The Gutter;] (200 North 14th St between Wythe Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-387-3585, thegutterbrooklyn.com), which boasts a dozen killer microbrews on tap and a happy hour ($1 off drafts and $3 off pitchers) Monday to Friday before 8pm. Uptown, [node:121247 link=Harlem Lanes;] (2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd [Seventh Ave] at 126th St; 212-678-2695, harlemlanes.com) has 24 alleys and DJs spinning on weekends. Nestled in the heart of the Port Authority, Frames (550 Ninth Ave between 40th and 41st Sts; 212-268-6909, framesnyc.com) in the old Leisure Time Bowling Space is a behemoth at more than 40,000 square feet—ample room for the alleys, a bar, dance club and arcade game center. Try the 16-lane [node:118697 link=Brooklyn Bowl;] (61 Wythe Ave between North 11th and 12th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-963-3369, brooklynbowl.com) for a cool retro vibe, an on-site music venue, great grub from the folks behind Blue Ribbon and beers from Kelso, Sixpoint and the nearby Brooklyn Brewery.
88. Catch a Rangers game at MSG
On Monday 29, they face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7pm. Here's hoping Lundqvist makes another amazing save. [node:119900 link=Madison Square Garden;], 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave) between 31st and 33rd Sts (212-465-6050, newyorkrangers.com). Through Apr 9; tickets start at $69.50.
89. Go to a holiday jazz gig
Hear boppin' renditions of "Auld Lang Syne," "What Child Is This?" and other seasonal songs at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Red Hot Holiday Jazz Stomp. And, yes, as the title indicates, you're encouraged to stomp along to Wycliffe Gordon and his Santa-hat-wearing band's energetic New Orleans sound. [node:120512 link=Rose Theater (at Frederick P. Rose Hall);], Broadway at 60th St (212-721-6500, jalc.org). Dec 9--11 2, 8pm. $20--$120.
[node:609905 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]90. Check out the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular
This show's got legs: The high-kicking Radio City Rockettes star in the holiday extravaganza, which sees them dressed up as everything from Santa's reindeer to toy soldiers. The "Living Nativity" (with live camels!) is the religious icing on the kitschy secular Christmas cake. While it may be too sugary for adult consumption, kids will enjoy the special-effects-filled sugar rush. 1260 Sixth Ave at 60th St (212-247-4777, radiocitychristmas.com). Through Dec 30. $45--$105.